As we mentioned in a previous post, several students at Blythewood High School recently participated in the SNAP Challenge. The SNAP Challenge asks participants to live on the same budget as people living on food stamps, approximately $4 per person per day for a week. In honor of the upcoming National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 12-18), we’ll be sharing these reflections periodically.
I like doing the Snap Challenge because I like helping the less fortunate get food and supplies. My mother and I would always go and give food to the hungry and homeless because we think it’s a good thing to help people by going to give them food and clothing. It actually makes me feel better inside knowing that I’m helping out people. The Snap Challenge program that helps people who cannot provide for themselves. It’s important to help people out when they’re struggling. Most of the time, it gets people in the mood to helps out others.
People don’t realize that some people can’t afford some things, even if they have jobs. But, some people don’t care about others, and they just watch them suffer. Little do they know they are trying their best, but they don’t have good paying jobs. Sometimes those people can’t get jobs because there are not enough jobs available to people. So, they are forced to live in the streets, where they have to eat almost anything they find on the ground. Overall, I think it’s best to help everyone who is homeless and hungry out. The Snap Challenge has taught me that more about helping people not just in the neighborhood, but, in the other neighborhoods too.
The Snap Challenge was challenging because there was a limit to the amount of money we got every week. We had to make sure family had the right nutrition and caloric intake. Eating healthy, and making sure you’re not going over your limit is very difficult, especially for a family on a very low income. During this Snap Challenge, I learned to be thankful for what I have, and it opened my eyes to the way people actually live. I encourage others to try the Snap Challenge; you learn a lot from it.
As we approach Thanksgiving, we encourage everyone to take a moment and consider what you’re thankful for, just like Ja’Maya and Clyde. Check the blog for more reflections, and if you’re interested in taking the SNAP Challenge in your family please let us know so we can share your experiences as well! Thank you, students of Blythewood for LIVING UNITED!